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|Posted by:||Jun 13th 2009, 12:20:39 pm|
|Kimberly||Ash, that would have been a lovely idea ... I'm thinking that June Cartwright would have been organizing on the Harbour Island side, no?
More details on what sounded like a wonderful new tradition on our fair isle:
Setting the mood:
By THEA RUTHERFORD ~ Guardian National Correspondent ~ firstname.lastname@example.org:
Jazz Summer — The Festival begins on the idyllic sand-swept shores of "Briland," setting the mood to "just right" for a weekend of jazz anyway you like it.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra will be the first guide on the journey through jazz in the fabled Harbour Island. The orchestra holds the first concert of the festival during an all-day excursion today, Friday, June 12.
But the journey continues later tonight with Atlanta-based trumpet player Joey Somerville and Irate at the Balmoral Club at 9 p.m. Tomorrow night, Vaughn Anthony sets the mood at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, in a concert that includes Bodine "Be" Johnson, Sammi Starr and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
And that's just the first weekend.
"The entertainment that we have coming down here for Jazz Summer is of world class international caliber," said Roscoe Dames, CEO of Ivory Global Promotions, the company that produces the festival.
"We have the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra, which is 26 members, that is attending the Jazz Summer for its third year . . . as well as Joey Somerville, who is an incredible trumpet player out of Atlanta."
Dames highlighted what will be a collaboration in some of the concerts between local and international artists.
"One of the important things about Joey Somerville coming down is he will get a chance to perform with the local band G Note All Stars . . . We have actually fused together international and national talent in this jazz festival."
Bodine "Be" Johnson, who is on the ticket for Saturday night's concert, anticipates her performance. "Being a part of the Jazz Summer Festival is a pleasure for me," she said. "I perform a lot of reggae and dancehall throughout the year, but performing at the Jazz Summer Festival allows me to show other aspects of my performance skills, which include spoken word and performance poetry. It's liberating, because jazz puts me into a mood. Sometimes it feels like I'm somewhere else."
The inclusion of the Harbour Island locale is also an exciting twist on a festival on its third run.
"Our guests will also be exposed to more than one island as the festival will be held in part on Harbour Island," said Geneva Cooper, senior director of visitor experience for the Ministry of Tourism. "This reflects the Ministry of Tourism's mission to bring about an international awareness of The Bahamas as being a collection of islands and a region rather than a single destination."
The off-island site, as well as the variety of festival venues in Nassau, are a selling point for Jazz Summer, which has pledged to grant commissions to taxi drivers who encourage visitors to buy tickets to the event.
"We are prepared to share it," said Dames of festival profits. "And the reasons why we can share it is because all these proceeds are going to stay in The Bahamas and this is very important in these economic times."
The G Note All Stars and Frydeh set off weekend two of Jazz Summer on Friday, June 19 at The Humidor at 8 p.m.
The festival ends with the sounds of trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval at the National Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Local well-known musician Paul Hanna will open for Sandoval during the final night's jazz concert.
Jazz Summer — The Festival
Friday, June 12
"A Jazzy Day in Harbour Island"
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra
Joey Somerville, Irate
The Balmoral Club, 8 p.m.
VIP $65, general seating $45
Saturday, June 13
Vaughn Anthony; Bodine "Be" Johnson; Sammi Starr
National Art Gallery, 7:30 p.m.
Platinum $150 (includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres), VIP $75, general $40
Friday, June 19
G Note All Stars, Frydeh
The Humidor, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 20
Arturo Sandoval, Paul Hanna
National Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.
VIP $75 (includes reserved seating and hors d'oeuvres), general $50
Friday, June 12, 2009
|Posted by:||Jun 11th 2009, 07:47:41 pm|
|ash12||would they want junkanoo for a closer or opener you think?|
|Posted by:||Jun 11th 2009, 07:44:18 pm|
|brilandbeauty||Where is the venue while on HI?|
|Posted by:||Jun 10th 2009, 12:48:35 am|
|Kimberly||Bringing the heat
By THEA RUTHERFORD ~ Guardian National Correspondent ~ email@example.com:
Playing hop scotch across venues in Nassau, with one thrilling stop on picturesque Harbour Island, Jazz Summer — The Festival comes to the country with cool music and hot headliners, including trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval.
The two-weekend Bahamian jazz fest begins this Friday, June 12 with a "Jazzy Day" in Harbour Island with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra. The festival scoots across the aquamarine waters back to Nassau that night for a concert with Atlanta-based trumpeteer Joey Somerville and Irate at the Balmoral Club.
Vaughn Anthony, brother of John Legend, plays under the stars at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas with Bahamian stars Bodine "Be" Johnson and Sammi Starr. And the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra returns to join the Saturday night lineup at the gallery.
"We've included Harbour Island, probably one of the most beautiful islands in the country," said Roscoe Dames, CEO of Ivory Global Promotions, the company behind Jazz Summer, at a press conference announcing the event last week. Dames was flanked by officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Culture, representing governmental support for a festival poised to grow and have a significant impact on the country's economy.
"This is truly our festival and the money and the revenue generated from Jazz Summer stays in The Bahamas," he said.
An exciting follow-up to last year's festival and the earlier "Jazz Under the Stars" a few years ago, Dames said that Jazz Summer was "years in the making."
While the first weekend of the festival promises a splash of venues and a wave of good music from a variety of local and international artists, the second weekend rounds the festival off on an even higher note. Arturo Sandoval performs at the National Center for the Performing Arts on the final night, Saturday, June 20. Local veteran musician Paul Hanna opens for Sandoval in a show that starts at 8 p.m. On Friday, June 19 the G-Note All Stars and Frydeh jazz up the Humidor beginning at 8 p.m.
The flurry of performances that make up Jazz Summer comes with the enthusiastic support of the Ministry of Tourism, expressed by senior director of visitor experience, Geneva Cooper, at the press conference.
"The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is delighted to play a significant role in supporting Jazz Summer — The Festival," she said. "Mr. Roscoe Dames and his team at Ivory Global Promotions have been working hard to attract jazz lovers to our shores through this festival. We expect that this festival will bring a number of visitors to enjoy top notch musicians and performers. Once here we will have the opportunity to extend the Bahamian brand of hospitality to our special guests. Part and parcel of this is the sharing of our culture. Jazz Summer — The Festival can easily be seen as a cultural exchange through music as music is a universal language."
Jazz Summer also comes with a host of sponsors, including Shakespeare in Paradise, a theater festival produced by Ringplay Productions and scheduled for October 5 - 12.
Nicolette Bethel, a spokesperson for the event, highlighted the impact festivals like Jazz Summer can have on the economy.
"During economic downturns, the municipal governments of the U.S. are beginning to invest in festivals," she said. "Festivals bring people to their city and provide enough revenue in a one week or two week period to help them drive their economy for the entire year."
Dames expressed hope that local and visiting guests will enjoy what they experience.
"My hope is that everyone enjoys" the festival, he said. My hope is "that the visitors that come down want to come back. The Ministry of Tourism sees some economic benefit from it for us as a country."
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